1 in 4 Japanese men still unmarried at age 50: report

1 in 4 Japanese men still unmarried at age 50: report

 

Nearly 1 in 4 men and 1 in every 7 women in Japan had remained unmarried until age 50 in 2015 in a clear sign that Japanese are increasingly shying away from tying the knot, a government report obtained ahead of its release showed Tuesday.

Experts attributed the growing trend to less social pressure to marry and financial worries among workers as more people hold nonpermanent jobs, with the data pointing to the need for increased policy efforts to promote marriage.

The findings are particularly troubling to Japan as it means the country’s birthrate is unlikely to rebound anytime soon and more people will resort to nursing — and health-care services when they get older as they have no spouse or child they can turn to for such care.

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